Wednesday, January 25, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:             PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082 


Citrus College Fiscal Services Director Encourages Students to Give Back

by Stacy Armstrong


Community service is something of a family tradition for Rosalinda Buchwald.


“The importance of helping others was instilled in me at an early age by my mother,” the Claremont resident explains.  “You can still find my mom crocheting blankets for babies, making holiday crafts with seniors at local retirement homes, or creating rosaries for catechism students at local churches.”


It is no surprise that the Citrus College director of fiscal services has a long history of volunteer work herself.


“My first act of service occurred in fifth grade when my teacher asked for someone interested in tutoring first, second and third graders in math, reading and spelling,” she remembers.  “Since then I have done everything from working with the LOVE (Learning Opportunities through Volunteers in Education) and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs to teaching catechism and supporting the nuns at church with my office skills.”


Most recently, Buchwald’s service has been performed through her membership with the Rotary Club of Azusa.


“We support youth programs in Azusa, as well as worthy causes on the national and international levels,” she said.  “This includes improving living conditions in Tijuana orphanages, putting a fresh coat of paint on the local Homework House, and helping senior citizens clear brush from their overgrown yards.  Quite simply, I go where I am needed.”


In 2004, Buchwald was needed at Citrus College.


“I was approached by a student who wanted me to help establish and advise a Rotaract Club, which is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30,” she said.  “Since that time, the Citrus College students involved in this club have participated in local parades and service functions, raised funds to support Homework House, adopted families during the holiday season, traveled to Mexico to provide gifts to children living in orphanages, and have attended peace conferences with speakers like Zalmay Khalizad, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Ghandi.”


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, believes that the Rotaract Club and other programs that encourage community involvement are critical to a well-rounded education.


“Community service provides college students with a practical application of their studies, while allowing them to actively contribute to society,” she said.  “In reality, it is a win-win-win situation.  Our local neighborhoods benefit from the high level skills our students bring to the table, the students enhance their understanding of their areas of study, and the college generates goodwill within the community.”


Buchwald says that her involvement with the Rotaract Club is just one way she thanks those who have helped her in the past.


“Growing up in Azusa, many people were placed in my path to help guide my educational and career decisions,” she said.  “I wanted to find a way to honor their efforts and to continue the work they began with me.”


Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, appreciates Buchwald’s work with students.


“Rosi’s contributions to Citrus College are extremely admirable,” she said.  “Not only does she loyally serve as our director of fiscal services, but her involvement with the college’s Rotaract Club contributes to student achievement and success. It is dedicated faculty and staff, like Rosi, who make Citrus College such an extraordinary institution.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:             PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082